Maggie Freeman was born in Trinidad, where as a child she wrote stories at a table in the cool of the pillars under her house.
When she moved to England aged 10 she fell in love with visiting ancient castles and old houses – she was captured by all the drama of the past.
Later she found herself writing primary literacy non-fiction, and discovered she really enjoyed doing research.
She then put the three things together into writing historical novels. Her favourite period is the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, which is when her first two novels are set. But she’ll write about anything that fascinates and intrigues her. That’s how come she wrote The Clockmender, which is set mainly in thirties Sweden.